"Friday's for the Future" - under this slogan, thousands of Luxembourgish students are currently protesting for climate action in Luxembourg City.
Twitter is ablaze with #FridaysForFuture and #ClimateStrike posts as tens of thousands of young people across the world set off to march for the climate. A comprehensive list of events can be found on fridaysforfuture.org.
From Glacis to Knuedler
At 11am, the first students arrived and prepared ahead of the march. The above photo gallery will update with the most recent photos.
Around 12.30 pm, the students started marching from Glacis to Place Guillaume II (Knuedler) in the city centre. Since 1.15 pm, large numbers are gathering at Knuedler.
Earlier on Friday, police estimated that approximately 3000 students were participating. The estimated number later ballooned to 7500 participants. According to organisers of the events, up to 15,000 students have taken to the street to protest.
Grey skies but optimistic atmosphere
Ignited by role models like teenage climate warrior Greta Thunberg, many students showed themselves optimistic and expressed hope that the strikes would make a difference. One of the young protesters, Aurelia, said she felt "proud to stand up for our future generations."
Another teenage protester, Mihika, stressed that she felt "proud to make sure mine and my friends' future will be in a better place."
Mara, a 17-year-old secondary school student, also optimistically saw the protests as "a great initiative to raise awareness about the climate crisis."
"I really hope," she added, "that the masses of students that participated today will be taken seriously and that there will be the necessary political change."
Cars removed from the Glacis
As the police warned, cars were forbidden from parking at the Glacis car park to allow the marchers to assemble. Consequently, some cars have been towed from the area, as seen in the photos below.
Politicians welcome initiative
Minister for the Environment Carole Dieschbourg and Minister for Energy Claude Turmes welcomed the students' initiative and expressed their support. Both politicians highlighted that the situation was urgent and that climate action needs to be taken seriously. They also explained that students would have their say when it comes to working out the the national climate and energy plan.
The march will begin moving from the Glacis car park towards Place Guillaume II. As a result, Avenue Porte Neuve and Grande Rue will be completely closed to traffic to allow the protesters to walk along the route agreed upon by the organisers, the police, and the city's municipal authorities. The police have consequently advised motorists to avoid the area entirely.
There will also be no parking at the Glacis car park to allow students to assemble.
VDL.lu has warned that disruption on their entire bus network will last between 10am and 5pm due to the march. Some bus stops will be temporarily cancelled. Luxembourg City Buses (AVL) personnel will be on hand to guide public transport users.
The below Facebook post shows the exact route of the march. Surrounding roads are likely to be affected too.
Controversy: European School prohibits students from striking
In an interview with our colleagues from RTL5minutes, one of the student organizers of the strike explained that the school board of the European School had prohibited the students from striking.
"They do not respect the strikes at all," she said. Even though not all students will respect the decision, this may reduce the turnout, she explained.
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